DraftKings Sportsbook has gone ahead and released the odds for each team to earn a playoff berth at the end of the 2020 season. The most significant part of NFL free agency is wrapped up, and while there are still some big names left to sign, much of the NFL is focusing on the upcoming NFL Draft. With that in mind, we’ll take a look at each team’s odds to make the 2021 NFL playoffs — breaking it down by division. Today, we look at the NFC East.
Philadelphia Eagles: Yes (-225), No (+180)
The Eagles have made the playoffs three straight years and managed to get in last year despite an extremely lackluster season and the worst record of any playoff team. When looking at last season, there really is room for any of these teams to sneak into the playoffs if the leaders again hover around .500, but the Eagles and Cowboys still have the personnel advantage.
The Eagles upgraded their pass defense, acquiring Darius Slay and Nickell Robey-Coleman, but lost Malcolm Jenkins. They lost Jordan Howard but have Miles Sanders, who should be able to continue improving. They do have a weakness at wide receiver, but make up for it with two strong tight ends and they also will get DeSean Jackson back this year. They’ve gotten better while the Cowboys lost some key defensive players, giving the Eagles the advantage going into the 2020 season.
Dallas Cowboys: Yes (-182), No (+149)
Dallas had one of the best offenses in the league in 2019 while their defense was good enough to keep the team in games — but they still missed the playoffs, going 8-8. Over the offseason they tossed head coach Jason Garrett for Mike McCarthy, lost their best defensive back in Byron Jones, and retained Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper. The team picked up DT Dontari Poe and DE Gerald McCoy, but lost CB Byron Jones, DE Robert Quinn, WR Randall Cobb, and DT Maliek Collins. They also brought in Aldon Smith, which could prove to be a good move, but we’re still in wait-to-see mode with him.
Overall, the Cowboys kept their core offense and should continue to put points on the board. Garrett wasn’t getting the job done, but McCarthy had staled in Green Bay. He feels like an unproven commodity at this point in his career, but can’t be much worse than Garrett. If the Cowboys defense can be competitive, they should give the Eagles a fight for the division again.
New York Giants: Yes (+285), No (-375)
The Giants won four games last season, as they gave up the third-most points in the league, while showing a bit more offensively, finishing 19th in points scored. Rookie QB Daniel Jones had some strong games to show fans a little light at the end of the tunnel, but his turnover numbers must be fixed for them to have a shot.
The Giants offseason was positive, as they helped their weak defense out by acquiring CB James Bradberry and LB Blake Martinez. They will help, but turning this bottom-three unit into a competitor will take a good draft and some quick development. In the end though, they need Jones to mature quickly and help elevate an offense that has strong components.
Washington: Yes (+460), No (-670)
New head coach Ron Rivera will help Washington, but this is a tough year for new coaching staffs, as they will be behind the eight-ball due to coronavirus shutting down most operations. After just three wins in 2019, they can’t fall much further, but even in a best case scenario, their rise from the cellar will likely be baby steps. To make a true leap, they’ll need Dwayne Haskins to continue developing and improving, or grab Cam Newton. Newton wouldn’t make them a clear playoff team, but he would make them competitive in a division that has underwhelmed of late.
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